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Need info on leg swelling

PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:18 pm
by ksl4139
Hi, My right leg has been swollen for 8 weeks, I have seen my therapist 11 times for decongestive therapy. This is the first time my leg has swollen since I was diagnosed Oct. 06. Its purple at the foot and less up the leg, but the entire leg is colored. Is there an approximate time it takes for all of the swelling to go down? I thought by now I would be back to "normal", what it was before the swelling. She wraps me with foam now on the calves and thighs. I just want to know if its going to take longer than 8 weeks or something, I know everyone is different. After my first diagnosis with therapy everyday, I was down in 6 weeks. I guess now with working it may take a little longer. Help me please.
Thanks for listening.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 2:20 pm
by patoco
Hi Kathy :)

It may take several weeks this time as well. Usually, the more advanced LE is, the longer it is going to take to get a response in the swelling.

But...what really concerns me the most is this discoloration. While it is true there are discolorations (or patches of discolorations) associated with lymphedema, this purple color sounds more like a blood circulation problem.

Has that been checked out? Were you ever diagnosed with venous insufficiency?

How about any clots? Does it hurt or is it tender?

I would really urge you to check this out.



Re: Need info on leg swelling

PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:37 pm
by OzClaire
Totally but totally agree with Pat ... sounds like one condition masking another to me ... real problem with LE and one the doctor's etc find hard to recognise. Regards, Claire